Votes were cast by listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM
Miles Davis has been voted the greatest jazz artist of all time in a new poll compiled by the BBC.
Votes were cast by listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM. The listeners picked from a shortlist of 50 musicians put together by a panel of BBC jazz presenters, Jazz FM presenters, jazz musicians, critics, and journalists.
The final Top Ten was compiled by pop-up digital radio station BBC Music Jazz, a partnership between the BBC and Jazz FM.
Born in 1926, Davis was a jazz pioneer, responsible for many key developments in the genre. A trumpeter, composer and band leader, his 1959 album Kind Of Blue is widely regarded as his greatest work.
See the Top Ten below:
The life of Miles Davis has been marked in the new film biopic Miles Ahead directed by actor Don Cheadle.
The film focuses on a period of the artist’s life in the ’70s when he took a break from music. The trumpeter is played by Cheadle himself, backed by a cast including Ewan McGregor.
Cheadle said: “Miles was many things… a supreme artist and a national treasure but also an enigma to those around him, especially during his so-called quiet period.”
“With the family’s blessing and Miles’ tenets on creativity as our guide, we used these cloistered years as a jumping off point to compose the story of a self-exiled artist creating his own ‘centrifugal adventure’ to spin himself back into playing music again”.
Watch a documentary about the making of the film below.